I've never been a huge fan of Marc Jacobs' "quilted" bag obsession (case in point - the 'Stam' bag, of which the non-quilted versions are my favorite). However, I can still appreciate an elegant, quilted bag when I see it.
The Casey Double Quilted Tote (shown in serene beige on the right) is the perfect designer purse for those who want to look sophisticated, even when carrying a large bag.
Measuring a roomy 15 x 14 x 5, the 'Casey' is crafted from supple leather and features a wrap-around buckled belt. Jacobs really loves to use standard closures as decorative elements such as the kiss-lock on the 'Stam' and the turn-lock on most of his MARC by Marc Jacobs line.
Last season we saw a heavy focus on the push-lock which is thrown on the 'Casey' as a purely decorative feature as well. I really love the bag's open top and magnetic snap closure which gives it just the right touch of "casual". Surprisingly, the Casey Double Quilted Tote is priced under $1500. In today's inflated designer handbag market, finding an appropriately priced bag like this is a tough task.
Perhaps Jacobs' is poising himself as the designer who'll provide fashionistas with quality accessories that are still within reach. As $2000 and up price tags become the norm and the global economy continues to be in a downtrend, both Jacobs and his followers can strike a mutually beneficial balance.
Keep up the good work, Marc. At least until spring, that is, when those garish hodge-podge bags you previewed on the runway in September are set to make their debut.
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